The Homosexuals Discography
© 2004 by Chuck Warner
Virtually everything below appears on Astral Glamour, a 3-CD deluxe set of the Homosexuals' complete original releases --plus a dozen never-before released. (Our first conventional CD issue, btw. 32 page color booklet, photos, posters, artwork, over 3 hours of music...)
Please note that the Black Noise catalog-numbering has nothing to do with the dates of the recordings or their eventual release-dates. Also note that EVERYTHING on the It's War Boys label was an independent project by Jim/L.Voag (see below). [LP] means the track was reissued on the 1984 Recommended LP, [RE] means it's on the 2004 RéR/Morphius CD reissue.
The Homosexuals (Lorelei
no. 1) recorded at Surrey Sound with Chris Gray in 1978: lyrics printed on computer-paper
(Chris has re-surfaced at a brand-new studio in Falmouth, England: perhaps your
band should look him up?... Troubadour
A) Hearts in Exile [LP, RE]
B) Soft South Africans [LP, RE]
Than the Number...Yet Missing the Dot 7"
(Black Noise no.1) Clear vinyl.
Recorded by Bruno and Anton after Jim had left the band
1) You're Not Moving the Way You're Supposed To -part 1
2) You're Not Moving the Way You're Supposed To -part 2
[1 & 3 reappeared on the Venceremos cassette, apparently dubbed off of a test-pressing of the single, because it's not quite as horrible-sounding as the clear vinyl]
The Homosexuals EP
(Black Noise no. 2) Bruno, Jim and Anton, recorded at Surrey Sound.
The first batch featured handpainted covers, although it's probable that the band got tired of decorating quite early on (We've never seen one and it's entirely possible that they helped paint the complete edition of Jim's L.Voag-Move 45 instead). "Second edition" covers are purple "bags" with a white printed sticker. Different mixes of #5 & 6 were re-released on the LP and ReR CD.
1) Astral Glamour [LP, RE]
2) Collected of You
3) The Birds Have Risen [LP, RE]
4) Divorce Proceeding[s] from Reality [LP, RE]
5) Mecho Madness
6) Vociferous Slam
Ici La Bas / Les Incroyables EP
(Black Noise #4)
Surrey Sound sessions: each track is credited to a different "band" or pseudonymous musicians, although it's still Bruno, Anton and Jim at Surrey: "Total Drop" also appears (as the Homosexuals) on the Recommended 7" sampler.
1) Regard Omission [credits: sax-The Master / guitar J.V. Sang]
2) The Total Drop [credit: Ici la Bas]
3) Galore Galore [credit: Yanto Novitch]
4) Nippon Airways [credit: Dirty Mary Brown & the Mysteries]
5) Flying [credit: The Prolific Urdos] [originally one of Bruno's Rejects songs, ]
6) Cause a Commotion [credits: drums-The Master / guitar-vox J.V. Sang / flute-Alex Smart]
Sir Alick & the Phraser 7" ([Black
Noise] 7 no. 5)
Bruno playing everything himself at Surrey Sound from the same era as L.Voag's "Move" 7" and the George Harrasment tracks. B-side has help on bass from Chris Grey.
Reissued twice more: first in green sleeve with silk-screened plastic outer bag as Sir Alick , and then in a red sleeve as The Homosexuals (with the identical disc and labels, two additional sleeve-designs --also by Suzy)
A) In Search of the Perfect Baby
B) Nursery Chymes
George Harrasment / Masai Sleepwalking LP
(Black Noise #6)
Surrey Sound sessions: Fragments of Bruno and Anton's "solo" LPs, though much of it never got beyond Anton's guitar-tracks. Vocal versions did exist, however, and the Astral Glamour set contains all the originals plus 8 restorations... Jim appears on two cuts including "Collapsible You."
1) Visions Expanding
1) Collapsible You
A collection of tapes put out by Suzy (Bruno's wife, who joined the band in 1979) and Anton in 1982.
1) Airplane [Basically the folk-song "Freight Train,"
which is a shame because it's got an amazing (and melodically
unrelated) psychedelicized instrumental track. Ownership if the
song is murky, meanwhile, so we had to leave it off the box...]
2) (I Know) Who Put the Jung in the Jungle Drums (all by Suzy)
3) Prestel [45 version]
4) It's What's In It, Isn't It?
5) Still Living in my Car [CD]
6) Adventure Master of the Future
7) Radio Ham Stormy Jam
8) You're Not Moving the Way You're Supposed To part 1 [45 version]
9) Mad Bombers of Major Valour
11) There Are Shy Moons [a bunch of cool guitar-doodles over someone else's song playing backwards: you'll have to hear it on the cassette...There's also a backwards 40-second fragment of a Homosexuals song that may appear in its entirety later on: we've turned it around on disc 2 of Astral Glamour]
12) Oh Baby Baby
13) Magic Moments I
14) Magic Moments II
15) Mitsu at the Controls
The Recommended Records Sampler (#2) 2LP
Walk Before Imitate [from the same live-to-tape session at Surrey as the nine previously-unreleased tracks that appeared on the Recommended LP in '84] [RE]
The Recommended Records Sampler (#8.9) 4-song
Total Drop -- the same recording, but a notably different, sparser, janglier mix. Not reissued anywhere...
The Homosexuals Record LP
A reissue of the first single, 3 tracks from The Homosexuals EP, 6 songs* from the live-to-tape session at Surrey Sound that was one of the first things recorded there (You can tell which songs those are because of the awful distortion), 3 alternate mixes ** and Jim's wonderful "False Sentiments." Remastered by Bob Drake. Bruno's handsome mug appears on the cover courtesy of one of Suzy's videos...
1) My Night Out *
2) Technique Street *
3) Vociferous Slam (a different mix from the EP with some tape-wobble but many more effects) **
4) Soft South Africans "#1" (a previously-unreleased rough-mix) **
5) Neutron Lover *
6) A Million Keys *
7) Naming of Parts *
8) Kiss With Venom *
9) Divorce from Reality
10) Hearts in Exile (45 version)
11) All About Cheap
12) Soft South Africans (45 version)
13) False Sentiments
14) Mecho Madness (a radically different mix from the EP) **
15) Astral Glamour
16) The Birds Have Risen
The Homosexuals Record CD (ReR MEGACORP/Morphius Archives) January 2004.
The booklet includes a reproduction of Graham Keatley's beautiful limited-edition poster that was briefly available from Recommended, assorted lyrics and liner-notes by Ed Baxter of Alcoholic Records/LMC/Resonance Radio.
1-16 are all the tracks from the LP, and although they've been
remastered from tapes there are no musical differences. The sound's
a lot punchier and brighter thanks to Bob Drake's remastering
but all the distortion, dropouts, uneven levels, etc remain in
their original glory. The longer timings are strictly splicing
noise, stray chords and dead air.
17) Collapsible You (a longer, more dub-stye mix that turned up in Chris Cutler's unused tapes: the 3:45 original is on George Harrasment and AG)
18) Snapshots of Nairobi (instrumental: never released: there's also a live vocal version on Astral Glamour)
19) "Soft South Africans (raw)" Actually this is the original rough mix of "Hearts in Exile" with all the vocals and the three guitar-parts that Bruno faded out (in response to which Anton faded Bruno's vocals up-and-down, dub-style. This is the pre-mixing counterpart to the rough mix of "SSA" from the LP and it's an incredibly major "find" (It'll be on Astral Glamour, too, of course.)
20) Walk Before Imitate (from the Recommended 2LP sampler)
21) Still Living in My Car (from Venceremos)
For completists, here are the reasons to own the ReR CD as well as Astral Glamour:
(1) It's a faithful reproduction of the original LP
(2) alternate mix of Vociferous Slam
(3) alternate mix of Mecho Madness
(4) alternate/longer mix of Collapsible You
(5) better recording-quality on "Still Living in my Car" and? "Snapshots" instrumental
(6) Graham's poster
Astral Glamour 3CD set
(Hyped to Death/Messthetics #204) Contains everything above...apart from the two items that are/were other people's songs. Highlights include:
81 songs in vastly-improved sound from all earlier releases on 3 CDs in a deluxe Digipak
5 songs never released anywhere before in any form plus 7 more with restored/recreated vocals.
32 page booklet containing a lengthy bio of the band, dozens
of never- published photos (besides the shots on the first 45,
these are the only photos ever published), posters, and
Astral Glamour disc 1
1 Hearts in Exile (45) 1ST
Astral Glamour disc 2
1 Prestel 2ND / V
Astral Glamour disc 3
1 Nursery Chymes
And finally, there are the "lost" recordings (most of which remain so...):
Rejects 4-song demo, Rejects Virgin demo
Anton's solo sessions recorded with Bruno before Surrey.
Homosexuals at Bray Studios (also pre-Surrey Sound)
The rest of the Surrey Sound tapes (legend says they were taken for safe-keeping after Bruno began talking about let's destroy everything)
Live at the Whiskey: Virgin Mobile Sound Studio recording (their final recordings with Jim)
Session at Aswad's studio 1979-80
Tin Pan Alley tracks from the Prestel/Magic Moments session
Scores of videos
and the suitcase of 80 cassettes stolen from Bruno's squat in 1982 or 1983.
More will be revealed, however: stay tuned for Magical Clamour or whatever we decide to call the next one!
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